Technology is an essential part of almost every aspect of our lives but, often, we don’t really pay enough attention to keeping our devices and equipment secure. Whether you are looking for physical security to prevent the theft of your equipment, or you’d like to make your devices more secure against cyber-theft and hackers – our article is here to give you some top tips and clever ways to look after your products, both at home and at work.
While you probably change your work-related passwords on a schedule prompted by your systems administrator (if you don’t, then you should), most people rarely if ever change their other passwords. Whether it is changing the default password for your router (most people still use ‘admin’) or periodically changing your email, social and banking passwords – make sure you refresh your security every few weeks.
Best practice also dictates that you don’t use the same password for more than one system/platform, and never use something that includes an element of your name or your birthdate/year – and don’t write them down and leave them lying about next to your laptop.
One of the best ways to protect your online logins and personal data is by using two factor authentication. This is available on most larger platforms and means that when you log in (even with the correct password) you’ll be sent an email, instant message, notification or text message with a one-time code that needs to be input to progress. If someone has got hold of your login details and password, they’ll also need your phone or tablet to get into your account.
If you’re responsible for the technology in your business, you should look at installing charging-lockers. They’re a great way of managing your suite of hardware – including laptops, smartphones and tablets. You can make sure that devices are on site, that they are locked up securely, and you have the benefit of being able to charge them ready for use. Just like more traditional lockers, charging lockers are available with a range of size and configuration options – some of them are designed for power tools, camera equipment and other larger kit, for example.
When you are travelling with your tech, whether it is for business or pleasure, make sure you are carrying your devices with care and thought. Tablets and laptops should be locked securely in hard-body luggage, and smartphones should be kept in internal coat or jacket pockets where possible. When you are off site or away from home, pay attention to the wireless networks that you connect to, and reconsider before you allow access to any private or sensitive data. Similarly, when you are charging your devices, be sure to use your own charging cables and plugs or wireless charging if available – that way you can be sure that data is not being intercepted or read from your device.
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